Sep
14
2009

The recent release of the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration shows that although...

Sep
08
2009

It's likely your kids want to succeed at school. You can help by constantly checking in with them and giving them a study routine

Andrew and Sabrina, it's the new school year and let's make it a great one. You're in the big time now – what you do counts. This is where you begin making your future. As a little incentive, here is a list of what you can get if each of you reaches your set goals, and here is another list of what you will lose if you come up short. And remember those important words that we always say: ‘I can do it.' Do you two want to be losers in life? Or are we going to be a family of winners? It's up to you!”

For anyone with teenagers, the start of school is the true new year. So it's natural to want to focus on getting your teenager motivated – setting goals, planning strategies, making resolutions, getting them into the right frame of mind for what's ahead.

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Sep
02
2009

In 2008, the median BAC of someone arrested for drunk driving was .16, according to

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Aug
31
2009

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is currently participating in the Governors Highway Safety Association's Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia.

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Aug
26
2009

Another end of summer, another start of the school year.  What better time than now to start your teen off with some thoughtful advice about underage drinking. 

A problem with giving advice as to why underage drinking is not good is that there never does seem to be the right time to do it.  So, frequently that discussion never happens.  So how about doing it now.  Beginning of the school year.  Off to a good start.   Pry them away from their computer, cell phone, iPod, iPhone, whatever.  Don't wait for a good time, because it may never come.

"Jennifer, I want to talk to you about drinking.  This will not take a long time."

"Mom, must we? This is so inconvenient."

It's never convenient for them.

"Yes, we're going to talk about drinking."

"I'm really busy now.  Besides, you know I don't drink."

One strong reason for talking to your teen about drinking is that you can't know for sure that they are not drinking, or are not going to drink.  According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the first use of alcohol typically begins around age twelve, and half of 13-15 year olds say they will be faced with making a decision regarding alcohol in the next three months.
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